It may first seem as though creativity has gone out the window, with repetitive terminology being applied to so many categories of jewelry, but the description “cuff,” used judiciously, makes perfect sense. The latest item officially to jump on the cuff band wagon is the ring.
The term “cuff ring” appears prominently in the September 2014 issue of People Style Watch, which adds: “These gorgeously imperfect multistone styles give the feel of a ring party with a single piece.”
If a cuff is defined as a piece of jewelry that is round but for an open segment, then three of the four rings pictured in People Style Watch meet the definition: a brass ring with Austrian crystal and drusy from Chamak by Priya Kakkar; a gold and resin stone ring from Salvatore Ferragamo, and a gold-plated brass ring with drusy from Kendra Scott. The fourth ring is worn over two fingers but has no gap between the stones; that ring, of metal with Swarovski crystal, rock crystal and enamel, is from Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier.
With the exception of the latter ring, all the examples also might be considered “between the fingers rings” or “U-shaped rings,” as I report in my blog post of July 15. Because of the gap, some cuff rings are adjustable in size.
Examples of this style continue to proliferate in the fashion press. Pictured above in the September 2014 issue of InStyle is a dendrite and sterling silver ring from Stanmore.
Actress Imogen Poots wears a pair of cuff rings, one from Giles & Brother, the other from Jennifer Fisher, in this photo from the September 2014 issue of Lucky.
Whether your preference is bracelets, necklaces or rings, this is the season to “mind the gap.”
- Chamak by Priya Kakkar: “Gemini” brass ring with Austrian crystal and drusy detail (9/14 People Style Watch), $65
- Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier: “Misfits 14″ ring of metal with Swarovski crystal, rock crystal and enamel detail (9/14 People Style Watch), $375
- Giles & Brother: ring of gold-finished brass (9/14 Lucky), $70
- Jennifer Fisher: “North-South Large Cone Ring” of brass (9/14 Lucky), $195
- Kendra Scott: “Naomi” ring in 14kt gold-plated brass with iridescent drusy stone detail (9/14 People Style Watch), $130
- Salvatore Ferragamo: gold and resin stone ring (9/14 People Style Watch), $290
- Stanmore: dendrite and sterling silver ring (9/14 InStyle), $135